Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


National creates an underclass of young workers

Darien
FENTON
Labour Spokesperson

21 March 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

National creates an underclass of young workers


The National-led Government has today made an underclass of young workers and marginalised their futures, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Employment Relations spokesperson.

The Minimum Wage (Starting out Wage) Amendment Bill passed its third reading today with strong opposition from Labour.

“The Bill assumes that cutting wages will create jobs – it won’t,” Darien Fenton said.

“Parliament heard no evidence to support National’s claim that this bill would reduce youth unemployment. The Government’s own advisers at MoBIE have admitted as much, resorting to ‘best guesses’ of the bill’s suggested outcomes because of a lack of information and time to do the work needed.


“What’s even more troubling is the suggestion from Treasury that sub-minimum wage rates could be applied to other groups of ‘disadvantaged’ workers, which could extend to migrants, Māori and Pasifika and those from high unemployment communities.


“The failed policies of the 1990’s National Government show that cutting wages doesn’t create jobs.


“This policy will only add fuel to the massive gap in pay between New Zealand and Australian workers and further position the Kiwi economy as one based on low wages and long hours.


“This bill will see thousands of cheaper young workers enter the labour market, with adverse effects on every single worker in New Zealand. There is no doubt that the availability of cheap labour will displace older workers, who are not only in the queues of unemployment, but in the queues of underemployment.


“The failure of this Government to give credence to the submissions opposed to this bill shows a striking arrogance. Under National, workers can expect wages to be cut further through major changes to employment laws, expected to hit Parliament soon.


“Labour will continue to oppose these changes, because we have confidence in the abilities and talents of all workers. We will build an economy that provides decent, secure jobs and incomes where young people have hope and opportunity,” Darien Fenton.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Flag Campaign

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news